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Just Listen
Just Listen
Author: Sarah Dessen
Last year, Annabel was "the girl who has everything"—at least that's the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf 's Department Store.This year, she's the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780142410974
ISBN-10: 0142410977
Publication Date: 2/28/2008
Pages: 371
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

4.3 stars, based on 190 ratings
Publisher: Puffin
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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fightingillinifan avatar reviewed Just Listen on + 42 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
Dessen does not disappoint! This story, like her others, really draws you into the lives of the characters so well, you can't help but root for the major players to make the right decisions. This book had many side plots going on that were serious, but approached with a realistic spin. It's hard to imagine a book dealing with depression, rape, anorexia, anger management and the social ladder of high school, could completely address those issues, but Just Listen is incredibly written. I recommended this book for readers of all ages. You will have a hard time putting it down!
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Helpful Score: 4
This is the first Dessen book I read. I've now finished two others, The Truth About Forever and This Lullaby. This is a truly amazing book. I'm an avid reader, and a teen. I loved Owen and his views on music and life. Annabel was a great character in how she interacted with other characters and how what happened changed her. I'm not into books where the problem comes at the end, but this book is great at how you are introduced to the problem, but it's not clear. In all, I loved it.
cherrigirl avatar reviewed Just Listen on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I haven't read everything by Dessen, but this is my favorite so really get entwined in the story and it's characters. It kind of reminded me of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Anyone who is a fan of that book will enjoy this story as well.
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Helpful Score: 3
Book left me with tears. Amazing detailed plot. Speaks out to young teens. Get this book while it lasts. Recommended for girls over the age of twelve.
alynch avatar reviewed Just Listen on
Helpful Score: 2
This was my first Sarah Dessen book ever read, and my favorite of all her books. I fell in love with it from the first page.
The book is about Annabel Green who from the outside has the perfect family. However, in reality her family is torn apart and suffering from many issues including an older sister suffering from anorexia. The book starts off at the beginning of a new school year where everything has changed for Annabel who has lost all her friends due to having been caught with her best friends boyfriend. She is basically ostracized at her school except for a boy who is known for his anger management problems. The two become close friends due to their lives as outcasts and as the truth of Annabel's story comes out, a loving relationship blossoms.

I believe I bought this book the same day it came out, unknowingly I just happened to pick it up. Then I never put it down. I went to school, I was in high school at the time, the next day exhausted from staying up all night reading. My copy has been reread so many times now that it is lovingly battered. However, I don't plan to take it off my bookshelf for a long while.
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I loved this! The characters seemed so real and you could relate with them! I could barely put it down.
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Loved it!
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This book was amazing! I loved it. It its one of my favorite Sarah Dessen books!
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I have another favorite author. I LOVED this book. Annabelle and Owen turned out to be really good characters. This book turned into what teens can really relate too. Eating Disorders are horrible. But it took an approach in the life of one person that was a model and had an eating disorder. I love the story.
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this was such an excellent book... a good insight on a teenage girls life. its funny romantic emotional... got all the components for a good book. i finished it in 2 days, i literally could not put it down! keep saying 'ok just one more page' or 'ok just one more chapter' any excuse to keep reading! it was soo good, i loved it :)
peartree4000 avatar reviewed Just Listen on + 29 more book reviews
This is one of those teen-drama books about a teenage girl who has problems that she needs to figure out but she cant do it on her own. It basically covers a year in her life and all the family drama that goes on leaving the youngest daughter wanting for something more real.
I loved this book. In some ways it reminded me of me, or of someone I know or of what could have been. It made me cry several times.
I really did just stumble upon this book as I was doing a search for something else to read and the title "Just Listen" caught my attention. I would recommend this book to others because I though it was worth my reading time, but also because by the end you feel better about life and how it should work out. Five stars for this all the way.